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  • Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity

    12/25/2012 7:45:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/25/12 | Robert Spencer
    The Byzantine icon representing this article is the work of the 16th-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan. Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam. Muslims in the Balkans just a few years ago have entered churches and destroyed icons like this one for precisely that reason. How does this icon insult Islam? In many ways, including these: 1. It depicts human beings, which violates the traditional Islamic prohibition of images and would be considered idolatrous and blasphemous on its face. 2. It depicts Jesus not as a Muslim prophet, as this does: Instead, it...
  • North Korea's Wakeup Call

    12/25/2012 7:22:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Phyllis Schlafly
    It should have been a loud wakeup call in December when North Korea successfully launched a three-stage rocket delivering a payload in orbit around the globe. This event was North Korea's boast that it now has basic intercontinental ballistic missile technology. North Korea's test was a surprise to Americans, to the Obama administration and to Congress because its last couple of tests had been failures. More alarming was the fact that the launch was a surprise to our intelligence community, which didn't know the North Koreans had perfected this technology, and didn't anticipate a launch. There should have been an...
  • Once There Were Giants

    12/25/2012 7:09:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    "Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. "With complete disregard for his...
  • Google thinks today is "Holidays"

    12/25/2012 6:44:24 AM PST · by duckworth · 22 replies
    google ^ | 12-25-12 | duckworth
    Today is Christmas Day. Hanukkah ended nine days ago. New Years Day is seven days from now. Yet... for some explicable reason, Google thinks today is "Holidays." In their description of their Christmas day graphic, Google writes "Happy Holidays from Google." Well thanks, Google that's very nice of you. Very inclusive.
  • Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity

    12/25/2012 6:41:48 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 11 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 25, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    The Byzantine icon representing this article is the work of the 16th-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan. Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam. Muslims in the Balkans just a few years ago have entered churches and destroyed icons like this one for precisely that reason. How does this icon insult Islam? In many ways, including these: 1. It depicts human beings, which violates the traditional Islamic prohibition of images and would be considered idolatrous and blasphemous on its face. 2. It depicts Jesus not as a Muslim prophet. Instead, it depicts Jesus in...
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses

    12/25/2012 6:07:09 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 118 replies
    abc news ^ | Dec 24, 2012 | By Colleen Curry
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...
  • FL unemployment rate drops, lowest in four years

    12/25/2012 5:50:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 12/22/12
    Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent for the month of November – down 0.4 percentage points from last month. That’s the lowest it’s been since November 2008. This is also the largest drop in the rate over the month since October 1992, and was the second time it occurred this year. The November 2012 rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 10.1 percent. Private-sector job growth over the month jumped to more than 24,000. Since the month before the Governor took office after December 2010, the state’s...
  • Christmas Eve shootings leave 7 hurt (Chicago)

    12/25/2012 5:43:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Dec 25, 2012 | Adam Sege and Rosemary R. Sobol
    Christmas Eve shootings leave 7 hurt (Chicago) By Adam Sege and Rosemary R. Sobol Tribune reporters 7:16 a.m. CST, December 25, 2012 Seven people were hurt, at least five seriously, in shootings on the South and West sides late Monday. Four of the injured were hurt in a single shooting on the Far South Side, and all four were taken to local hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
  • Isikoff: I Had 'Certain Homicidal Tendencies' After Drudge Scooped the Lewinsky Story

    12/25/2012 5:41:21 AM PST · by bryan999 · 25 replies
    In Newsweek's final print edition, Michael Isikoff writes about when the magazine decided to hold the story of Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. "The decision was final: Newsweek would hold the story," Isikoff writes, saying that "the brass wanted more work" done on the story before going to print with it. A few days later, the story of the decade would be broken by the Drudge Report. "It didn’t take long, of course, for it to explode," writes the former Newsweek writer. "Early Sunday morning, Internet scribe Matt Drudge popped his screaming 'World Exclusive': 'NEWSWEEK KILLS STORY ON WHITE...
  • Richard Adams Dies; Gay Marriage Pioneer Was 65

    12/25/2012 5:39:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    The Hollywood Gossip ^ | 12/24/12 | Free Britney
    Richard Adams, an early figure in the push for gay marriage decades before it reached the center of the national consciousness, has died at the age of 65. After a brief illness, Adams died in the Hollywood home he shared with Tony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years, attorney Lavi Soloway told The AP. Adams and Sullivan met at an L.A. gay bar called The Closet in 1971, but their life and relationship would soon be on display for a global audience. They were granted a marriage license in 1975, but for years fought in vain to see it recognized...
  • Greek prosecutor orders investigation into shortage of medicines in Greece

    12/25/2012 5:29:12 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Monday December 24, 2012 (09:52)
    Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes has ordered an investigation into whether pharmaceutical companies or pharmacists have been complicit in creating a shortage of medicines in Greece on purpose. Tentes has asked all of Greece’s appeals court prosecutors to probe the allegations after SYRIZA MP Panayiotis Kouroublis brought up the matter in Parliament. Tentes wants to know if patients have been unduly exposed to illnesses as a result of market players creating shortages of drugs. Meanwhile, the Athens Medical Association (ISA) has filed an appeal with the Council of State, Greece’s top administrative court, against the government’s decision in November to...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. & Wife Sandi Jackson, Accused of ‘Double Dippin’

    12/25/2012 5:17:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Eurweb ^ | 12/23/12 | Brittney M. Walker
    Jesse Jackson Jr. & Wife Sandi Jackson, Accused of ‘Double Dippin’By Brittney M. Walker December 23, 2012 *Oops, Jesse Jackson, Jr. did it again. Just five days after the politician resigned from Congress, his lovely wife and fellow politician, Alderwoman Sandi Jackson, filed a series of interesting amendments to her ward committee’s campaign fund, revealing dozens of previously undisclosed transactions that date back three years. One of the records includes a hefty $13,000 from her hubby’s congressional account into her ward organization account, according to the Chicago Sun Times. So far, these two aren’t looking so good.
  • Florida Senate president's hire seems at odds with push for ethics reform

    12/25/2012 5:11:34 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Jacksonville.Com ^ | 12/24/2012 | Matt Dixon
    Jim Rimes racked up $2 million on his GOP credit card. TALLAHASSEE - While using his first term as Senate president to push an aggressive ethics reform package, Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has hired longtime lobbyist and political consultant Jim Rimes to a top-tier post. The practice of lobbyists working inside state government, or — more prominently — state employees taking lucrative lobbying gigs is not new. It’s often referred to as the “revolving door.” The Rimes hire, though, comes as Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, have set up committees to examine ways to toughen state ethics laws....
  • Christmas in an Anti-Christian Age

    12/25/2012 4:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    For two millennia, the birth of Christ has been seen as the greatest event in world history. The moment Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God became man, and eternal salvation became possible. This date has been the separation point of mankind's time on earth, with B.C. designating the era before Christ, and A.D., anno domino, in the Year of the Lord, the years after. And how stands Christianity today? "Christianity is in danger off being wiped out in its biblical heartlands," says the British think tank Civitas. In Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria, Christians face persecution...
  • The Perfect Gift

    12/25/2012 4:48:13 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    Most people who haven't finished their shopping are starting to worry about what gifts to give a friend, relative or spouse. Quick, what did you give or receive last year? How about two years ago? Most of us can't remember, unless it was a big-ticket item. What if you could give a gift that mattered; one that literally kept on giving and improved the life of another person? Would you buy that gift? Two years ago I bought two gifts for people I have never met. One was a goat and the other a sewing class. Both went to people...
  • First lady answers children's calls for NORAD Santa-tracking program [Evita Saves Them Alert!]

    12/25/2012 4:40:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 12/24/12 | Kyle Balluck
    First lady Michelle Obama spent about 30 minutes answering calls from children on Monday as part of NORAD’s Santa-tracking program, according to a White House official. The Obamas are in Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation. The NORAD program, which began in 1955, attracts millions of visitors to its website from hundreds of countries and territories. More than 1,200 volunteers staff an operation center that responds to hundreds of thousands of phone calls and emails from around the world...
  • Film star Charles Durning dies aged 89

    12/25/2012 4:02:19 AM PST · by the scotsman · 25 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 25th December 2012 | Belfast Telegraph
    'Two-time Oscar nominee Charles Durning - dubbed the king of the character actors - has died aged 89. He died on Christmas Eve of natural causes at his New York City home. Durning portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to put-upon everymen to Big Daddy in a Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It won him a Tony award in 1990. He was nominated for an Oscar for his over-the-top performance as a corrupt governor in 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Just a year later, he got another nomination for Mel Brooks's To Be Or...
  • Iraq’s Northern Kurdish Region Stops Oil Exports

    12/25/2012 2:36:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 25, 2012 4:36 AM EST
    An Iraqi Kurdish official says the country’s self-ruled northern Kurdish region has suspended oil exports over a payment row with the central government in Baghdad. … In April, the Kurds stopped the exports of around 100,000 barrels a day due to delays in payments. …
  • Charles Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC

    12/25/2012 2:15:22 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 44 replies
    Associated Press via TBO.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | BOB THOMAS, Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89. Durning's longtime agent and friend, Judith Moss, told The Associated Press that he died Monday of natural causes in his home in the borough of Manhattan. Although he portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to comic foils to put-upon everymen, Durning may be best remembered by movie audiences for his Oscar-nominated, over-the-top role as a comically...
  • Dockworkers at Northwest ports reject pact offer

    12/25/2012 1:19:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:51pm EST | Laura L. Myers
    Dockworkers at four U.S. Pacific Northwest ports moved closer to a possible labor clash with grain shippers on Monday, as parties in a larger, separate dispute at 15 East and Gulf coast ports agreed to mediation ahead of strike deadline set for December 30. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced nearly 3,000 of its members had voted to reject a contract proposal that management called its “last, best and final” offer. The proposed contract covers six of the nine grain terminals operating in Puget Sound and along the Columbia River that account for more than a quarter of...